Italy´s wine country is spectacularly varied from the dramatic valleys of Piedmont overshadowed by the Alps, to the fairytale wine roads of Chianti (complete with castles, medieval villages and cypress lined country roads), to the volcanic vineyards near Sicily´s Mount Etna. Wine lovers coming to Italy are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful […]
While our blog is normally dedicated to the finer things in life- food, wine and travel- this post is an urgent appeal to our friends, colleagues and clients to make a donation to the victims of Italy´s recent earthquake, one of the worst in Italian history. Apart from the tragic deaths, over 50, 000 Italians […]
Italian chocolate makers are world famous and artisan chocolate making is experiencing a Renaissance. This is good news for chocolate lovers! Here is a quick check list of chocolate events, festivals, tours and producers in Italy, enjoy! Chocolate in Piedmont CHOCOLATE EVENTS IN PIEDMONT- Turin hosts the fabulous CioccolaTò chocolate fair this year from March […]
Any time of the year is a good time to visit the wine country when it comes to drinking nice wines! But winter can be the most challenging season to visit as vineyards are dormant and bare (not lush and verdant, as in other times of the year), and many of Europe´s wine regions are […]
Prosecco is not only a delightful bubbly good on its own as well as part of the famed Bellini cocktail; it is also a fantastic wine to use for cooking. Here are a few easy and sophisticated recipes to try your hand at: Scallops and Prosecco Ingredients: 400 grams cleaned scallops 600 grams steamed green […]
Italy is a fascinating country for its traditions, folklore and celebrations, and Simona Piccinelli (our Italian Wine Tours Specialist) describes how Italians bring in the new year- If you are spending New Year’s eve at home with your family and friends, you could say arrivederci to 2008 and welcome 2009 as we do in Italy. […]
We heard about a lively and unusual fair (translated as “the fat ox fair”) in Piedmont, and sent our Italian specialist, Simona Piccinelli to check out this amazingly popular event near the Barolo wine country. Simona´s notes- Ever since 1910 (although there is evidence that ox markets and fairs were held weekly from as far […]
The holidays are getting closer and closer and you are probably wondering what kind of unique, weird and memorable gifts you can get for your family and friends. Here are some wacky ideas for food and wine lovers, compiled by Cellar Tours Italy Specialist, Simona Piccinelli Adopt a Barrique Just outside of the beautiful Tuscan […]
Sicily is a fascinating place to visit and actually merits MANY visits as there is simply so much to see and do. For a small taste of ideas for touring in Sicily- ski volcanic Mount Etna; see a lava “show” on Stromboli in the Aeolian islands; taste wine all over the island from Marsala to […]
We have long loved the Aeolian Islands in Sicily for their dramatic beauty and heart-stopping scenery including their volcanoes “fireworks shows”. It was a recent research trip to these islands again, where we discovered that apart from stunning beauty and some of our favorite luxury hotels, they are also home to some of Sicily´s most […]
In Sicily´s Baroque Val di Noto you´ll discover the tiny town of Modica. Modica is on the map for worldwide foodies as apart from being a beguiling village already worthy of a visit, it is also home to one of the best chocolate companies in Italy (a country with an amazing chocolate tradition), the beloved […]
We have launched this new blog to keep our visitors abreast of upcoming events and activities, restaurant and hotel reviews, wine recommendations, and much more. This is also a way to hear your feedback and suggestions and for us to share new and upcoming routes and destinations included in our wine tours portfolio. We look […]
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Cellar Tours is a Luxury Travel Specialist, operating since 2003 and offering exclusive Mercedes chauffeured Gourmet Vacations in Chile, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain. We specialize in luxurious custom designed vacations, events and incentives related to food and wine. We are proud members of Slow Food, UNAV (Travel Agency Association in Spain), and the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).